Jakob Ingebrigtsen Smashes European Mile Record at Diamond League Final

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On an electric afternoon at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen made history by shattering the European mile record. Clocking an astonishing 3:43.73, he broke the 38-year-old record of 3:46.32 set by Steve Cram in 1985. His time stands as the third fastest mile ever run, coming tantalizingly close to Hicham El Guerrouj's world record of 3:43.13.

A Historic Duel

The race was a throwback to the iconic world record race of 1999, in which El Guerrouj narrowly defeated Noah Ngeny. In a similar fashion, Ingebrigtsen was relentlessly pursued by America's Yared Nuguse, who himself had an eye on breaking the American record. Both athletes pushed the limits of human speed, recalling some of the most memorable duels in middle-distance running history.

Resilient to the End

While Ingebrigtsen has sometimes shown cracks under last-minute pressure, the 22-year-old held strong. Fresh off defending his world 5000m title and securing a second consecutive silver medal in the 1500m in Budapest, he displayed remarkable resilience in the final stretch. He fended off Nuguse, whose own time of 3:43.97 demolished the previous American record of 3:46.91 held by Alan Webb.

A Season of Records

This marks Ingebrigtsen's sixth European record of the outdoor season, adding to his earlier feats in the 1500m, 3000m, two miles, and 2000m. "It's like every other race. There's no difference between September and June," said the Norwegian star after the race. "Now it’s all about getting back home to the hotel, eat, sleep, try to prepare as good as I can and we’ll see tomorrow," he added, hinting at more fireworks in the 3000m.

Looking Ahead

And as for concluding his athletic year, Ingebrigtsen has other important milestones in sight. "Not quite. Hopefully getting married next weekend, so I think I have to prepare for that as well," he said with a smile.

In a season already loaded with exceptional performances, Ingebrigtsen has once again proven that he is one of the most exciting talents in track and field today. With his name now etched alongside the greats, the world waits in anticipation for his next feat—both on and off the track.

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Men's 1 Mile

2NUGUSE YaredUSA3:43.97 Official AR PB
3MILLS GeorgeGBR3:47.65 Official PB
4GARCÍA MarioESP3:47.69 Official NR PB
5CHERUIYOT Reynold KipkorirKEN3:48.06 Official WU20R
6HOCKER ColeUSA3:48.08 Official PB
7NORDÅS Narve GiljeNOR3:48.24 Official PB
8HABZ AzeddineFRA3:48.64 Official NR PB
9LAROS NielsNED3:48.93 Official NR SB
10McSWEYN StewartAUS3:49.32 Official SB
11TANNER SamuelNZL3:49.51 Official PB
12GILES ElliotGBR3:51.63 Official PB
13KIPSANG AbelKEN3:53.50 Official SB
400m - 55.9 sec.
800m - 1:51.8 min.
1200m - 2:46.3
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